On the opening day of EAA AirVenture 2022, it was learned that longtime President, Tom Poberezny has died.
According to a post on the official EAA Facebook page, Poberezny passed Monday morning, July 25, after a brief illness.
Succeeding his father, Paul Poberezny, Tom was EAA president from 1989 through 2010.
“It is not lost on us that Tom’s passing occurred on the opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the event he led into world prominence as its chairman beginning in the 1970s,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board. “Tom’s legacy is tremendous in the world of aviation with his personal achievements as well as the growth of EAA, especially the development of the current EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, the Young Eagles program, and the creation of Sport Pilot nearly 20 years ago. He will be greatly missed but more importantly, he will be remembered for all that he did for EAA and aviation.”
Memorial services are still being determined.
EAA AirVenture starts on July 25 and runs through July 31.